Three BetBright-sponsored Handicaps to look forward to at Kempton Park.
There’s an exciting eight-race card lined up for this evening’s action in Sunbury-on-Thames.
We’re proud to be sponsoring the final three races of the evening, all handicaps, each of which looks a mouthwatering prospect in the betting.
Let’s take a look at the movers and shakers in each of them and see if we can pick out a winner, or at least a decent place for you!
8.20 – BetBright.com Handicap (2m)
The absence of a natural front runner in this staying handicap complicates matters, with tactics likely to play a part, and the race is set up for an enterprising ride to steal the spoils.
If there’s one rider you want onside at Kempton, it’s Jim Crowley, and he probably has the most tactically versatile mount in the race in the shape of Poyle Thomas. Ralph Beckett’s 5-y-o is up 7 lb for winning at Newmarket in May, but may not need to improve again to follow up.
He’s been ridden fairly close to the pace on recent starts, and if there is no-one else willing to go on, we’d expect Crowley to adopt a front-running role. If he can inject pace at the correct time, then this race looks his for the taking.
A tendency to race freely threatened to stall his progress last year, but he was much more settled for that latest success, and is still fairly unexposed as a staying handicapper.
8.50 – BetBright Mobile Handicap (1½m)
It’s a case of déjà vu in the following handicap, with Beckett again responsible for the likely favourite in the shape of Aldborough in a race where the pace is of uncertain provenance.
Aldborough is certainly bred to be smart, being a son of the unbeaten Kitty O’Shea, who would have been favourite for the 2005 Oaks only to get injured. She herself is a half-sister to St Leger winner Brian Boru from a hugely successful family.
Aldborough showed ability in a trio of maidens before scoring on his handicap debut at Chepstow in late-May, and while conditions there were very testing, there’s no real reason why his progress will slow down now switched back to polytrack, and he’s been raise a conservative-looking 6 lb for that first success.
He’ll continue to improve, and remains on a mark he should be able to exploit against more exposed rivals.
Like Poyle Thomas, he will be less affected by a messy race than most, and looks a rock-solid option.
Shavansky is an admirable performer here, but would prefer and end-to-end gallop, while both Art Scholar and Buckland (who was just edged out in the Queen’s Prize here last year) are interesting on old form, but have a bit to prove on the balance of recent efforts.
9.20 – BetBright “Live The Moment” Handicap (1m)
There aren’t any concerns about the lack of pace in the closing contest, and both Space Walker and tenor should ensure there is no hanging around.
The former isn’t fully exposed but was perhaps a trifle flattered when making all at Windsor last time, with the excellent Adam Kirby judging the fractions to a T.
He seems unlikely to bag the favoured rail here, with Tenor coming out of stall 2, and with the habitual slow starter Toga Tiger on his inside.
Whether Tenor has the ability to dominate must be in doubt though, and he’s more likely to act merely as a spoiler for Harry Dunlop’s runner. Toga Tiger, as mentioned, can spoil his chance with a slow start, but nearly overcame that handicap on his debut for Kevin Frost at York last month.
Frost has emerged from obscurity to show himself adept at freshening up others’ cast offs in recent months, and not many would win twice with an ex-Jonjo O’Neill handicapper as he has with Surf And Turf this summer.
Catching Zeds and Fine Moment are a successful pair he’s acquired from Ian Williams and he already seems to have got the former Jeremy Gask inmate back on track in double quick time.
Frost’s is a name you need to scribble in your notebooks, and Toga Tiger can add to his growing list of winners here.
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